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Dual-Threat QB is considered a “realistic possibility” for Seahawks

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The Seattle Seahawks could aim to acquire a double threat quarterback by the end of the 2022 NFL draft.

According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, North Carolina quarterback prospect Sam Howell is considered a “realistic possibility” for the Seahawks. Fowler notes that while Howell may not get drafted on Day 1, he should have a “strong market” for Day 2.

The Seahawks have two picks at No. 40 and No. 41 early in the second round.

“We highlighted Cincinnati’s Desmond Ridder’s strong pre-draft process, and now it’s time to do the same for another quarterback: North Carolina’s Sam Howell,” Fowler said. “I’ve heard his name many times over the past few days and several coaches have said his pre-draft interviews have been impressive. He might not go into Round 1, but he should have a strong market on Day 2. Seattle (No. 40) is a realistic possibility. Carolina likes him too, but again, no choices for Day 2 yet.

Howell was probably the least mentioned name of the top five quarterback prospects – Malik Willis, Desmond Ridder, Kenny Pickett and Matt Corral.

While he may get the least attention, Howell undoubtedly has potential as a worthwhile starting quarterback. The 21-year-old is the definition of a dual-threat quarterback, having rushed for 828 yards and 11 touchdowns in his 2021 season with the Tar Heels in addition to his 3,056 yards and 24 passing touchdowns.

At 6-foot-1 and 218 pounds, Howell lacks the typical height of an NFL quarterback. As pointed out by NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein, Howell’s draft prediction is Round 2. While Howell clearly possesses the ability to pass and run, Zierlein doubts Howell can succeed on an offensive ball control game.

“Howell is not designed or suited for a ball control passing attack and may require a vertical passing scheme capable of generating explosive plays to be successful,” Zierlein says.

While it seems like the Seahawks have taken a liking to Howell, they’ve also taken a liking to Libery’s Malik Willis. Willis is expected to be the first QB to be removed from the board. With the Seahawks holding No. 9 overall, it’s conceivable that the Carolina Panthers (ranked 6th) or the Atlanta Falcons (ranked 8th) could pick Willis over Seattle.

As Fowler noted, the Seahawks would consider taking Willis if he’s still available at No. 9.

About Bleacher Report’s Mike Chiari:

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported on Tuesday at SportsCenter that the Seahawks would consider bringing number 9 Liberty quarterback Malik Willis if he’s on the board. The Seahawks also like North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell, although Fowler said they’d be more likely to target him on Day 2.”

If the Seahawks miss Willis with their top draft pick, it looks like Seattle will pick Howell with one of their Day 2 picks – assuming he’s still available.

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Fowler also mentions how the Seahawks could try to relegate from their No. 9 overall standings as Seattle has been receiving “calls” from teams.

If the Seahawks don’t like what they see in 9th place, they could stock up on additional draft picks. Seattle has cornerback, offensive tackle, and defensive end needs, and they could address those need positions by trading away their top picks.

It may not be a cheap decision in the eyes of fans, but it could be the best course of action if the Seahawks look to rebuild quickly after trading franchise quarterback Russell Wilson.

If the Seahawks don’t like what they see in 9th place, they could stock up on additional draft picks. Seattle has cornerback, offensive tackle, and defensive end needs, and they could address those need positions by trading away their top picks.

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